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‘This Old House’ star highlights Low Country Home & Garden Show in Savannah

  • Kevin O’Connor
  • The 18th annual Low Country Home & Garden Show returns to Savannah from Feb. 9-11. (Provided photo)
 

‘This Old House’ star highlights Low Country Home & Garden Show in Savannah

05 Feb 2018

Calling all DIYers and home renovators! The 18th annual Low Country Home & Garden Show is this weekend at the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center.

Find home improvement products and services with more than 4,000 square feet of landscape features; an arts, gift and gourmet area; the Life Changing New Product Zone with the latest in home technology; the Kids Zone; on-site pet adoption by Jasper Animal Rescue; a seminar by Lowe’s; and gardening seminars by the Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens.

But perhaps the best part for old-school DIYers is this year’s celebrity guest, Kevin O’Connor, from the PBS show that set the home-rehab standard, “This Old House.”

“It’s like a shot of adrenaline,” says O’Connor in anticipation of this weekend’s show. “People come up and they’re excited and they thank you, saying, ‘Thanks for putting the show on for 39 years.’ And they bring pictures and show us their projects, and I just can’t believe this is what I do.”

O’Connor joined the iconic home renovation series in 2003, but his opportunity at the hosting job was on a fluke.

“My wife and I were renovating our first house and we wrote a letter to the magazine,” says O’Connor. “I grew up watching the show and I was like man, if anybody can answer our questions, it’s gonna be these guys. Instead of just writing a letter, they came out and did a segment… and they offered me a job out of the blue.”

O’Connor grew up on construction sites with his dad and says being part of “This Old House” couldn’t be more amazing.

“We’re constantly stepping into situations where something’s broken, stuff’s outdated, it’s past its prime and the mentality is that’s OK, it’s even good. We love it,” he says. “We throw these resources at it — typically it’s craftsmanship, not buying something new. And you end up with something that is not only beautiful, but it’s got that connection to the whole. It’s not perfect and new, but it’s awesome, it’s historical and worthy of being saved, it comes with a story. You’re like, wow! I can’t believe we just did that!”

O’Connor is on stage at 3:30 p.m. Feb. 9 as well as noon and 3 p.m. Feb. 10. He’ll tell us about the current season of “This Old House” and (spoiler alert) even show the big reveal of the renovation of a family home into a three-generation dwelling.

“This Old House” is currently working on a rehab in Charleston, S.C. Folks at the Home & Garden Show will get a sneak peek at the downtown historic project even before it hits PBS. The 10-episode feature is slated to hit the airwaves in March and addressed the standard coastal concerns about air conditioning, moisture and crawl spaces. O’Connor will also answer audience questions.

Home tech junkies, don’t feel left out! Home tech guru Boyce Thompson is part of the Life Changing Products exhibit. He’s got the inside info on some of the newest products to hit the market and prototypes that aren’t yet up for sale.

Tickets are $8-$9. Kids 16 and under and active duty military with ID free. Bring a canned food donation for America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia and get $1 off an adult ticket.

IF YOU GO

What: 18th annual Low Country Home & Garden Show

When: 2-7 p.m. Feb. 9; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Feb. 10; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 11

Where: Savannah International Trade & Convention Center

Tickets: $9 ages 17 and up; $8 seniors and retired military with ID; free ages 16 and under and active military with ID

Info: SavannahHomeAndGardenShow.com

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